Military

Berklee Online is honored to serve service members, veterans, and their families, and is here to support the success of your educational and professional goals.

Tuition Discount

Berklee Online offers a 30% tuition reduction to all military students who are veterans, reservists, and on active duty.

For active duty and reservist service members, as well as veteran students not using VA benefits, documentation from your specific branch of the military that indicates you are or were active in that branch will be required. Students that intend to use the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Montgomery GI Bill®, or Dependents Educational Assistance should submit their VA Certificate of Eligibility.

Please provide us with one of the following documents to finance@online.berklee.edu or fax to 1-617-747-2149. 

  • DD214
  • Deployment paperwork
  • Military Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
  • Copy of current or past military orders
  • VA Certificate of Eligibility

DO NOT send in a copy of your military ID as we will not accept it. (The DOD does not permit a photocopy of military IDs, for security reasons.)

Once the documentation has been approved, you will be eligible for the reduction moving forward. Once we have received your military documentation the 30% tuition reduction will be applied automatically every term. Discounts are not retroactive.

Top-Up

Top-Up is a program that allows GI Bill® participants to use the GI Bill® to supplement the tuition and fees not covered by tuition assistance. The amount of the benefit can be equal to the difference between the total cost of a college course and the amount of tuition assistance that is paid by the military for the course.

The amount of the benefit is limited to the amount that the person would receive for the same course if regular MGIB benefits were being paid. In no case can the amount paid by the military combined with the amount paid by VA be more than the total cost of the course.

A copy of the Tuition Assistance (TA) Authorization form for the course that has been signed by an authorized military official will be required. Students who have not requested MGIB benefits before should submit a VA Form 22-1990 at vets.gov to establish eligibility.


Return of Unearned Military Tuition Assistance

Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student using military tuition assistance withdraws, they may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded. To comply with the U.S. Department of Defense policy, Berklee Online will return any unearned TA funds on a proportional basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds were provided. TA funds will be returned to the service member’s branch of service (Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Air Force). In instances when a service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, Berklee Online will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion.

A student’s official withdrawal date is used to calculate the percentage of TA earned. A student’s official withdrawal date is the last date of attendance. The return calculation is based on the formula listed below.

Portion of semester completed as of withdrawal date

% of unearned TA returned

Less than 10% 90% returned
10% up to but not including 20% 80% returned
20% up to but not including 30% 60% returned
30% up to but not including 40% 40% returned
40% up to but not including 60% 20% returned
More than 60% No return

Additional Resources

The resources below contain helpful information for both prospective and current students. If you have any questions or would like assistance in navigation, please contact our Veterans Affairs Coordinator at finance@online.berklee.edu.

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